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Attention: Anthology Addicts!


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Just a reminder that tonite on TCM there is a plethora of great anthology films, with stories by Somerset Maugham, O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Guy de Maupassant.

My favorites [as if anyone here cares!] are, "The Alien Corn", "The Ransom of Red Chief", "Rappacini's Daughter", and "The Masque".


But let's face it, there is not a one of the tales contained within the films directed by the likes of Max Ophuls and others, that is not delightful, moving or entertaining.


Here's the lineup:

8:00 PM O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE (1952)  

Five stories reveal O. Henry's gift for the surprise ending.

DirHenry Koster Cast:  John Steinbeck , Charles Laughton , Marilyn Monroe .

BW-118 mins, CC,

10:15 PM QUARTET (1948)  

W. Somerset Maugham introduces four of his most famous short stories.

DirKen Annakin Cast:  Basil Radford , Naunton Wayne , Ian Fleming .

BW-120 mins,

12:30 AM TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963)  

A poisonous young beauty, the secrets of eternal life and a haunted house chill this collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne stories.

DirSidney Salkow Cast:  Vincent Price , Sebastian Cabot , Mari Blanchard .

C-120 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

2:45 AM HOUSE OF PLEASURE (1954)  

Three stories explore the intersection of pleasure, purity and sex.

DirMax Ophüls Cast:  Claude Dauphin , Gaby Morlay , Jean Galland .

BW-98 mins,


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All of the Somerset Maugham anthologies are wonderful-- TRIO; QUARTET; and ENCORE.


They're available on Amazon Prime year round (along with two other films using Maugham's stories):



Thanks, TB!


My favorite is the Maugham tale about Mr. Know-all.

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